Huff & Puff (BIAB)

BIAB is short for, “Because it’s a blog” – it means this post isn’t thematic or relevant or anything, I just felt like it.

Just A Band is a band (surprise!) from Kenya, and I can’t tell you much more than that, so I recommend you flex your intertapestry muscles if you want to know more about them. Their own description, from that link (which you should definitely check out, if only for the bio) reads,

A Kenyan somewhat-experimental, DIY, geeky boy band who are taking it one day at a time.

I suspect this means it’s not typical Kenyan music, if there can even be said to be such a thing – what would typical American music be? I’m scared to hear anyone’s opinion on that, to be honest…

The video I’ve chosen here, for the song “Huff & Puff” from the album 82, wasn’t the first I came across, but I’m saving that one for another post because it has a little trivia attached. This one, however, has its own mix of delightful visuals, R&B, Hip Hop, and Techno, and since I’m not a huge music buff (meaning I’ve never bothered to learn all the different categories or genres that some people concern themselves with) there may be other things in there as well, or I may be entirely mistaken. Perhaps it’s Neo-Classical Funk Disco. I find it quite catchy, and if you don’t, well, there’s no help for you.

The sneaky bit is that they freely mix languages within the lyrics, mid-sentence even, with enough English that you think you can follow along and then switching to Swahili (or something) to make you believe you’re not listening closely enough. I’m also pretty sure the first half of the video was done in one shot.

You can find the lyrics here if you want to follow along. And no, that’s not Will Smith, but it could be…

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